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Self Represented Litigants

“Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of justice for all people.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to the District of Kansas Self Representation Center

Everyone has the right to file a case in federal court without an attorney’s help. This is known as “representing yourself” or “proceeding pro se.” If you are representing yourself, the judge will still expect you to state your complaints clearly, to meet all of your deadlines, and follow the rules. If you choose to represent yourself, it is very important that you learn how to file your case in federal court. 

The Self Represented Litigants page provides the tools you need to file your case and represent yourself in a lawsuit.  We recommend you begin by looking at our Resource Materials and carefully read Filing Your Lawsuit in Federal Court: A Pro Se Guide.  This information will help you navigate the process of filing a case in federal court and will help you manage your case after it has been filed.